Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi (b.1985, Jakarta), fondly known as Tepu, studied agronomy before transferring to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Bandung Institute of Technology where he applied his scientific background to create a conceptual foundation for his art. Living and working in Bandung, he incorporates his scientific background in order to create a conceptual foundation for his artworks. Garibaldi’s works express a collision between aesthetics and science in a graceful manner. He creates immersive environments sparked by his interest in the networked and interconnected nature of ecologies.
For Art Jakarta Spot this year, Garibaldi brings “Balitsa Ehoor”, a new project featuring 200 vertical steel bars grown with lichen. Lichen is a complex composite organism arising from a mutualistic relationship between combinations of algae and fungi. It grows over time and able to cover almost any surface. Shown in a massive installation, “Balitsa Ehoor” illuminates the passing of time and the parallels we may discover in relation to our surroundings. This work is presented by ROH Projects.
Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi